WEST VALLEY—After being involved with motorcycles for over 50 years, Ed Abdo, of West Valley, decided to make a new venture within the sport with his first biography, “‘Jammin’ Jimmy Weinert: Living my Dream.”
The book chronicles the life of Jimmy Weinert, a motorcycle racer who started his career in amateur dirt track and scrambles. Weinert won a total of 22 American Motorcycle Association sanctioned races in his 11 year pro career and has become one of the pioneers of the sport. He now operates the Jimmy Weinert Training Facility in Maysville, N.C. with his wife Lynda.
Starting in the sport at 8-years-old, Abdo raced amateur motocross starting in 1973. Along with racing, Abdo has written multiple textbooks for motorcycle and small engine vocational training schools, he currently runs Northeast Cycle Service in Springville. After meeting Jimmy and Lynda Weinert and being asked to write the biography, Abdo jumped at the opportunity.
“Growing up, I raced motocross myself and [Weinert] was the main guy at the time winning everything … I was a fan,” Abdo said. “Doing this was a pleasure for me because it brought back a lot of memories I had from those days.”
Using an extensive library of information created by Weinert’s mother, along with interviewing Weinert and many of his peers in the motorcycle racing scene, the experience of writing a biography was new and difficult at points for Abdo, but was happy to help keep Weinert’s legacy alive.
“Mainly the research was the biggest challenge … gathering up the information and placing it all in order and deciding on how we were going to write it out,” Abdo said. “It was a long process … about a year and a half to do the book.”
Since its release, reception for the book has been good with many readers giving Abdo positive feedback for his work. Sales for the book have been good locally, on Amazon and at Weinert’s Training Facility. Abdo said he is happy to see people interested in motocross and the history of how it became what it is today.
“Dirt bikes have been around for a long time, but the sport of motocross grew rapidly in the early 70s and the history behind it and the people that were behind that history is quite amazing,” he said. “[The book] is mainly to understand a little bit about the history of one piece of the puzzle of motocross.”
Copies of the book can be purchased from Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook formats and can also be purchased at Northeast Cycle Service, 9505 Creek Road.